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Welcome to Trauma Survivors

Name of website author is Carol Ann Lapeyrouse

Trauma survivors: I’m Carol Ann Lapeyrouse, a survivor of maternal emotional and physical child abuse. This experience led me to my current trauma memoirist and mental health blogger roles. Formerly, I was an information developer (technical writer) in the software development and semiconductor equipment industries in Silicon Valley.

I’m sharing my monthly blog posts with you to let you know you’re not alone. My blog, Behind the Curtain, aims to inform, encourage, and give you hope. I offer insight and reflection through monthly postings based on my personal experience with and continuing recovery from maternal child abuse. Using the form below, you can easily subscribe to my blog!

I’m not a therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, or mental health provider offering professional advice. Instead, I’m one of the millions of survivors, extending my hand to you so we can walk together, standing tall.


For stories on various subjects in different publications, follow me on Medium.com, an open platform where readers find dynamic thinking, and where expert and undiscovered voices can share their writing on any topic.


Complete the fields below and submit this form to download and print from the downloaded version your free copy of “Understanding and Healing from Your Unloving or Abusive Mother.” This document describes how trauma passes to you, whether by your mother, genes, or both. It defines the difference between an unloving and abusive mother, as well as emphasizes the importance of understanding your trauma and providing steps to heal.

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Carol Ann’s Corner

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). The month of May 2024 is Mental Health Awareness Month. NAMI proclaims that no matter where you are on your mental health journey–and regardless of your diagnosis, appearance, socioeconomic status, background, or ability–you are inherently worthy of life, love, and healing.

Mental Health America – 2024. Calendar of National Mental Health Observances and suggested resources.

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

World Mental Health Day – 2024. A global day of awareness led by the World Health Organization (WHO). Observed annually on October 10.

World Day for the Prevention of and Healing from Child Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Violence – November 18 annually.

Estrangement Expert: Joshua Coleman Ph.D.

Safe & Sound – A San Francisco nonprofit that is building a future without child abuse.

Wannatalkaboutit.com: a site Netflix launched last summer to address topics ranging from sexual violence, abuse, mental health and well-being to self-harm and suicide. The site complements their films and series, providing people with information, videos, downloadable guides and nonprofit helplines.